• European Grand Prix

Schumacher accepts blame for Petrov clash

ESPNF1 Staff
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Michael Schumacher had to struggle back to the pits with a broken front wing © Sutton Images

Michael Schumacher took the blame for his collision with Vitaly Petrov at the European Grand Prix, which damaged his front wing and put him out of the running for a top ten finish.

Schumacher was resuming the circuit after his first pit stop when he went wheel-to-wheel with Petrov into turn two and came off worst. The incident was investigated by the stewards but no further action was taken.

"I saw Petrov quite late, even though I was aware that he was coming, and tried to brake as late as possible and go round the corner with him," he said. "But when I wanted to draw back, I locked the front wheel and slipped into him, which was clearly my mistake. From then onwards, the race was done and I just had to drive the car over the finish line.

Schumacher believes eighth place would have been possible without the accident.

"Our race pace should have allowed me to finish more or less where I started, but that is only speculation after the incident," he added. "We will now look ahead to Silverstone which is one of our home races."